A cover letter should always be sent along with your resume. Think of your resume as a movie and your cover letter as the trailer that makes people want to see it.
In your cover letter you want to show your employer that you're:
- Qualified for the position
- Confident about your abilities
- Excited about the idea of working for the company
- Stand out among the other candidates
You want to give the employer a few reasons to want to look into your resume and call you in for an interview.
In your cover letter:
- Quote the competition number and title and tell how you learned about the job
- Use keywords and action verbs, where possible, not the same ones used in your resume
- Highlight your relevant qualifications that match the job
- Include information that shows you have researched the job and company
- Stress what you can contribute to the company
- Keep it short, no more than a few paragraphs and no more than one page.
- It is always best to send your cover letter to a specific person. Phone the organization to find out who that person would be for the position you are interested in applying for.
- Write the way you speak. Avoid stuff, formal words and phrases.
- Limit the number of sentences that begin with “I”.
- Make sure there are no spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Make sure to use a computer to produce a clean, typed copy.
For additional information on writing cover letters and for an example Cover Letter Template, please download our Tips for Writing Cover Letters document.